Sunday, July 25, 2004

"Seinfeld" had the soup nazi; McDonalds now has the shoe nazi.  We were in Alexandria, LA, earlier today to visit our oldest son.  We went to the McDonalds closest to his residential school.  We've been there several times before, and the boys have always worn their shoes in the playland.  Today, however, an elderly employee shouted at the boys as they climbed into the play structures.  She then barked at me to take the boys' shoes off.  I ignored her.  The boys were up at the top anyway by that point, but the hag continued to gripe at them.  She left the playland area before DW came in with the food.  I thought we were done with this strange old bat, then I noticed her staring at the boys from the main dining room.  She went and told the manager on us, and he came in and told us that kids are not allowed to wear shoes because they might scuff up the plastic on the slides and climbing towers.  OS was seated at the table right then, so I took off his shoes.  He couldn't understand why I did that, and it totally ruined the experience for him.  He got upset, and DW took him to the car.  I had to pull YS from a tubular slide and take him to the car, kicking, screaming, biting, and scratching.  YS has put some nasty bites on me in recent days, so this was not appreciated.  Damn that shoe nazi!  Damn her straight to hell!

4 comments:

Ms-Chievous said...

Thanks for the great reminder of how our little actions, or "gettin' my piss on" can really affect others. So true. Amen.

Jo said...

Selfish. It's probably the only thing the shoe Nazi had control of in her life on that day (which makes this more irritating)...making sure your boys had their shoes off. Good grief. There is a lifeguard like this at the pool we go to. She won't allow to flip DD off my shoulders....pisses me off. When she isn't there no one cares. But she always blows her whistle at me.....grrrrrrr. I am starting to take it personally.

Dave said...

Oh the petty, bittle, smallness of it all... Rediculous, man. Totally rediculous.

Anonymous said...

I have an issue with children that do not take shoes off. The reason is because they can step on the other children's fingers. You need to think of the other children as well. Rules are there to keep everyone safe. If you let your children get away with something small as they get older they will think it is ok just because they want to.
This lady had a point, not just because she had nothing else to do. You teach your children by what you do and by the way you treat others.